What does Sam mean?
Sam /sam/ [1 syll.] as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Sam). Nickname of Samuel or Samson, sometimes used as an independent name. "Uncle Sam" has been the personal face of the American government for over a century. Playwright Sam Shepard; actor Sam Waterson; singer Sammy Davis, Jr
How popular is Sam?
Sam is a very popular first name for men (#192 out of 1220, Top 16%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#3413 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Sam for boys. Sam reached its top rank of #34 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #533. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Sam and associated names. Sammie, Sammy, Sampson, Samson (#628 last year) and Samuel (#23) are the popular variation forms of Sam (#533 last year) ranked in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 (usage of 0.5393%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.3027%, down 43.9%), with the forms Sam, Sammie, Sammy and Sampson becoming less trendy. Samson (#628) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns in this list, and there is also a rebound in birth name popularity for this name. (2014 Birth Statistics)